BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Dengue cases in the province of Negros Occidental are up by 80.84% as of mid-August compared to the first 8 months of last year, records at the Provincial Health Office showed.
A total of 774 dengue patients were admitted to different private and public hospitals from January 1 to August 15 this year, compared to 428 incidents of the same period in 2014.
Only one fatality has been reported in 2015 so far, while there were 3 in 2014.
The following are the numbers of dengue cases recorded in the localities:
- Bago City – 99 cases; 1 fatality
- Silay City – 78 cases
- Victorias City – 70 cases
- La Carlota City – 57 case
- Isabela – 42 cases
- Talisay City – 36 cases
- Kabankalan City – 33 cases
- Cauayan – 28 cases
- Binalbagan – 27 cases
- EB Magalona – 27 cases
The Provincial Health Office also noted 5 localities with high percentage increase, compared to the same period in 2014. These are:
- Cauayan – 1,300% increase
- La Castellana – 733.33% increase
- Isabela – 500% increase
- Escalante City – 375% increase
- Hinoba-an – 300% increase
The provincial government continues with its massive information drive on dengue, urging the public to keep their surroundings clean and dry to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.
Meanwhile, at least 111,810 children and youth in the province are set to be vaccinated by the Department of Health (DOH) this month. The activity started on August 10.
The DOH and its partners will administer measles rubella vaccine, tetanus, diphtheria vaccine, and human papilloma virus vaccine in all public elementary and public high schools here.
Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang stressed the importance of immunization and urged students to help their parents, teachers, and community in cleaning surroundings to prevent the growth of dengue mosquitoes.
Elsewhere, in July, a dengue outbreak was declared in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province in the northern Philippines. The month before that, the town of Luna in Isabela province, in the same northern region, was put under state of calamity due to dengue. – Rappler.com
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